Robert Kirkman kills The Walking Dead (the Comic)

Ich erinnere mich noch daran, dass Robert Kirkman mal gesagt hatte, er wolle die Walking Dead-Comics schreiben, bis er selbst ins Gras beisst. Nun, ganz soweit ist es noch nicht, aber der Mann hat grade auf der ComicCon nach 14 Jahren das Ende der Comic-Serie verkündet. TWD wird sicher noch ein Jahr oder gar zwei weiterlaufen, aber dann ist Schicht im Schacht, Ende einer Comic-Institution, des erfolgreichsten Indie-Comics aller Zeiten.

Ich bin zwar derzeit etwas raus bei Comics und auch The Walking Dead müsste ich dringend nachholen (die Serie ist jetzt bei Ausgabe 169, ich bin irgendwo bei 152), aber die Ankündigung hat mich jetzt doch ein bisschen getroffen. Aber nur ein bisschen.

NME: ‘The Walking Dead’ creator says he’s bringing the series to an end

The creator of The Walking Dead has said he is preparing to bring the comic book series to an end. […]

At a panel during San Diego’s Comic-Con, the author revealed his plans to conclude the book part of the franchise imminently. “I think about two or three years ago, I had a pretty good idea for a definitive ending,” he told those in attendance. “I have known that since then and been working towards that, so I know exactly where I’m going and what’s gonna happen when I get there.”

Kirkman said that the actual ending is top secret and he hasn’t written it down as a precaution. He also said the series could have ended a lot sooner. “There was an ending I had in mind that I was thinking, ‘Oh this would be kind of a cool ending.’ I got to a point where it should’ve happened and I was like, ‘I’m not done yet.’ And this was before the show.

“It got to a point where I would’ve had to start building to it and I was like, ‘Nah.’ So, I just threw that out and then I just kept going because I had all kinds of cool stuff I wanted to do.”

[update] Bleeding Cool: Robert Kirkman “Working Toward” End Of The Walking Dead Comic

The story being sourced for most of the headlines comes from MoviePilot and its transcription of Kirkman’s comments from the Walking Dead panel:

“I think about two or three years ago, I had a pretty good idea for a definitive ending. I have known that since then and been working towards that, so I know exactly where I’m going and what’s gonna happen when I get there.

When I first started Walking Dead, I knew about the prison story line. So, I knew that they would eventually live in a prison, I knew they would eventually encounter the Governor, I knew there’d be some stuff that happens and I was working towards that. By the time I was at issue 6, I thought of stuff past that, so that’s kind of how it worked. I had this 50 or 60 issue chunk of story and every issue I wrote, it just kept moving, so I always had this big road map ahead of me.

There was an ending I had in mind that I was thinking, ‘Oh, this would be kind of a cool ending.’ I got to a point where it should’ve happened and I was like, ‘I’m not done yet.’ And this was before the show. It got to a point where I would’ve had to start building to it and I was like, ‘Nah.’ So, I just threw that out and then I just kept going because I had all kinds of cool stuff I wanted to do.”

So what can we really take from these statements? Robert Kirkman has an idea for a definitive ending for The Walking Dead. He’s had it for several years, and he’s working toward it. He’s also had a planned ending before, and decided to abandon it to continue to tell more stories.